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Javier Bardem is officially signed on to star in The Dark Tower

4 years agoby:

This should be no surprise, but gotta give you the news anyway.

Javier Bardem has officially signed on to star as Roland Deschain in Ron Howard and Brian Grazer adaptation of Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER.

The deal is rather huge since each of the three movies in the series is to be followed by a TV miniseries that Bardem will star in. A source close to NY Post says this, "Bardem has signed on to the first movie and the miniseries, but the intention is that he will star in all three movies and each of the TV series. It's an enormous deal for any actor, but Bardem was always the first choice."

The story, "follows "Gunslinger" Deschain as he travels through an Old West-like landscape in search of the mythical Dark Tower to save civilization." Production should start on the first film this September with Howard helming.

I know many of you are okay with Bardem taking on this role. He's a great actor and obviously they really wanted him for a reason since he was the first choice. I'll just be glad when they finally start shooting the damn thing.

Extra Tidbit: Please get the casting of Susannah Dean right.
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4:50PM on 04/27/2011

This is great news!

More casting of this caliber and I'm sold. I'm not sure why ever one is worried about his accent. Actors drop their accents all the time. Hell half of Hollywoods leading men are Aussies with thick accents. Also for those that don't know SK is writing another DT book. "The Wind Through The Keyhole" will be out next year!
More casting of this caliber and I'm sold. I'm not sure why ever one is worried about his accent. Actors drop their accents all the time. Hell half of Hollywoods leading men are Aussies with thick accents. Also for those that don't know SK is writing another DT book. "The Wind Through The Keyhole" will be out next year!
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1:36PM on 04/27/2011
I respect Bardem for his acting chops. He's a great actor and I'm willing to see what he can do. My issue with this is Ron Howard trying to adapt something... again... and getting it wrong... again. Particularly through a miscast lead actor. The Dan Brown books aren't groundbreaking, but they're certainly entertaining and could have been much better movies. Who ever imagined Robert Langdon as Tom Hanks? Really?
It appears as though the dedication is there to bring the fully story to life, but
I respect Bardem for his acting chops. He's a great actor and I'm willing to see what he can do. My issue with this is Ron Howard trying to adapt something... again... and getting it wrong... again. Particularly through a miscast lead actor. The Dan Brown books aren't groundbreaking, but they're certainly entertaining and could have been much better movies. Who ever imagined Robert Langdon as Tom Hanks? Really?
It appears as though the dedication is there to bring the fully story to life, but if it's as poorly adapted as the Brown books... *clutches his entire Dark Tower Series to chest* NOOOOOOOOO!
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9:02AM on 04/27/2011

Sigh

No I have to listen to stupid people talking about how some Spanish guy saves the world from the dark tower. That movie synopsis is bullshit. Casting is bullshit.
No I have to listen to stupid people talking about how some Spanish guy saves the world from the dark tower. That movie synopsis is bullshit. Casting is bullshit.
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11:40PM on 04/26/2011

Jake?

I love the Dark Tower. Not as much now as a few years back, but I still dork out over it hardcore. To be honest, Roland was never my biggest fear after finding out about the plans to adapt the series; my main concern has always been how they will cast Jake...Three movies with TV mini-series? Right now that is my biggest concern.
I love the Dark Tower. Not as much now as a few years back, but I still dork out over it hardcore. To be honest, Roland was never my biggest fear after finding out about the plans to adapt the series; my main concern has always been how they will cast Jake...Three movies with TV mini-series? Right now that is my biggest concern.
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10:59PM on 04/26/2011

Makes this project slightly better...

...but we still have Howard directing. Howard has directed some good movies, but his adaptations are shit. When I heard JJ Abrams was working on this originally, I couldn't be more excited and then Howard got it. How the fuck did that even happen? I think John Hillcoat (The Road) would have been a better choice. Bardem is a good choice for Roland, but clearly the material is describing Clint Eastwood in the books. Viggo would have been a better choice, but like Avatard said it could be
...but we still have Howard directing. Howard has directed some good movies, but his adaptations are shit. When I heard JJ Abrams was working on this originally, I couldn't be more excited and then Howard got it. How the fuck did that even happen? I think John Hillcoat (The Road) would have been a better choice. Bardem is a good choice for Roland, but clearly the material is describing Clint Eastwood in the books. Viggo would have been a better choice, but like Avatard said it could be way worse, and this casting news actually counterbalances how I feel about Howard at helm. They could turn out good. I actually hope they do. I'm more interested in how they're going to cast and keep Jake like 9 years old for how many years.
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10:54PM on 04/26/2011

Bardem

He is gonna own this role. What are you people bitching about?

Coulda been worse... at least it's not Affleck.
He is gonna own this role. What are you people bitching about?

Coulda been worse... at least it's not Affleck.
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10:30PM on 04/26/2011

More worried about Howard, than Bardem

I'm a huge fan of the books and I love Bardem, but this seems like a bad idea. I could see Bardem as The Man in Black (Randall Flagg) but not Roland. I trust in Bardem's ability to prove me wrong, but I don't have much faith in this adaptation. Ron Howard is a good director who has made some great films, but I don't think he'll do justice to this material. I'm glad they actually got a great actor to play Roland, but it just doesn't seem to fit. Then again, people said the same thing when Heath
I'm a huge fan of the books and I love Bardem, but this seems like a bad idea. I could see Bardem as The Man in Black (Randall Flagg) but not Roland. I trust in Bardem's ability to prove me wrong, but I don't have much faith in this adaptation. Ron Howard is a good director who has made some great films, but I don't think he'll do justice to this material. I'm glad they actually got a great actor to play Roland, but it just doesn't seem to fit. Then again, people said the same thing when Heath Ledger got cast as The Joker and he proved everyone wrong. There's some material in the books that a ballsy director would struggle with and I'm afraid that Howard might tone those elements down. With that said; I'm quietly accepting that my dream cast/director is not taking this gig and wearily anticipating the film. Although if the first trailer says Rated PG-13 at the end of it, that's when I'm gonna get REALLY pissed.
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9:13PM on 04/26/2011
The guy is a great actor! And you guys are complaining?!?
The guy is a great actor! And you guys are complaining?!?
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8:55PM on 04/26/2011
got really excited cause i thought this said dark knight. this is good news too though.
got really excited cause i thought this said dark knight. this is good news too though.
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8:29PM on 04/26/2011
As someone who knows nothing about the books, why the miniseries? Can't they have 6 or 9 movies instead?
As someone who knows nothing about the books, why the miniseries? Can't they have 6 or 9 movies instead?
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8:26PM on 04/26/2011

Well i was picturing Viggo........

..........fuck it. Won't be anticipating this as much before he was cast.
..........fuck it. Won't be anticipating this as much before he was cast.
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8:15PM on 04/26/2011
Damn it...im reading the first book and have been picturing Jeffery Dean Morgan as Roland...fuck it...im still picturing him...Jeffery Dean is more suited for the part...and also he's fucking awesome!!!
Damn it...im reading the first book and have been picturing Jeffery Dean Morgan as Roland...fuck it...im still picturing him...Jeffery Dean is more suited for the part...and also he's fucking awesome!!!
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10:10PM on 04/26/2011
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the man.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the man.
10:08AM on 04/27/2011
To me, Javier Bardem and Jeffery Dean Morgan look similar enough to each other to be brothers.
To me, Javier Bardem and Jeffery Dean Morgan look similar enough to each other to be brothers.
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8:13PM on 04/26/2011
I love Bardem. Any doubters of his acting chops are people who've only known him by his very recent entry into American flicks. The dude's been rocking killer roles in Spanish cinema for years.

I second what Thes said. His accent isn't described in the books, and judging by the way the dialog is written the people of Gilead have a peculiar way of speaking anyway. Do ya kennit?

The ONLY thing that's really bugging me is Ron Howard as director. He's just so "meh."
I love Bardem. Any doubters of his acting chops are people who've only known him by his very recent entry into American flicks. The dude's been rocking killer roles in Spanish cinema for years.

I second what Thes said. His accent isn't described in the books, and judging by the way the dialog is written the people of Gilead have a peculiar way of speaking anyway. Do ya kennit?

The ONLY thing that's really bugging me is Ron Howard as director. He's just so "meh."
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1:40PM on 04/27/2011
Well, they do speak Spanish in the Outer Baronies...
Well, they do speak Spanish in the Outer Baronies...
8:09PM on 04/26/2011
oh god I'm scared for this..
oh god I'm scared for this..
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7:44PM on 04/26/2011
Terrible. Just terrible. Roland was the most important casting, and now all shot to hell(pun!).
Terrible. Just terrible. Roland was the most important casting, and now all shot to hell(pun!).
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7:09PM on 04/26/2011
Give him some blue contact lenses and I can get on board. I wanna see those bombardier's eyes.
Give him some blue contact lenses and I can get on board. I wanna see those bombardier's eyes.
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7:05PM on 04/26/2011
You fellow movie geeks of mine disappoint me sometimes. I'm sure a few of you have a hand in the industry and most of you don't, but part of the reason certain people are cast in roles is simply due to a willingness to commit to the time (especially on a massive, ambitious project like this) and be affordable. Obviously other actors either couldn't bring themselves to commit so much time to one character OR they weren't being offered a great deal. Be happy they're making it at all and just hope
You fellow movie geeks of mine disappoint me sometimes. I'm sure a few of you have a hand in the industry and most of you don't, but part of the reason certain people are cast in roles is simply due to a willingness to commit to the time (especially on a massive, ambitious project like this) and be affordable. Obviously other actors either couldn't bring themselves to commit so much time to one character OR they weren't being offered a great deal. Be happy they're making it at all and just hope for the best. There are some very capable people steering this ship
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6:56PM on 04/26/2011
Would have loved Viggo...but...I can get behind this.
Would have loved Viggo...but...I can get behind this.
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6:53PM on 04/26/2011

just can't get on board

Sorry, as an avid fan of the books I just cannot get on board with the guy. Definitely not what I had envisioned and unless something drastically changes or he shows some chops he has yet to show (notably ditching every last hint of that accent) it ain't gonna work for me.
Sorry, as an avid fan of the books I just cannot get on board with the guy. Definitely not what I had envisioned and unless something drastically changes or he shows some chops he has yet to show (notably ditching every last hint of that accent) it ain't gonna work for me.
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6:57PM on 04/26/2011
I think his chops in No Country were pretty damn good. He has time to work on an accent.
I think his chops in No Country were pretty damn good. He has time to work on an accent.
7:57PM on 04/26/2011
I've devoured all the Dark Tower books (all of King's books to be honest) and I'm not sure I ever heard Roland's accent described any where in the books. I'm going to assume the people of Gilead didn't speak with an American accent so what kind of accent would you expect him to have? Not trying to pick a fight, just curious about how you hear him speaking, is all.
I've devoured all the Dark Tower books (all of King's books to be honest) and I'm not sure I ever heard Roland's accent described any where in the books. I'm going to assume the people of Gilead didn't speak with an American accent so what kind of accent would you expect him to have? Not trying to pick a fight, just curious about how you hear him speaking, is all.
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6:39PM on 04/26/2011
I've made my thoughts on this clear in earlier comments. I'm willing to be pleasantly surprised but I'm not hopeful that this monster of a story can be told well on screen (big and small) in the shape it's currently taking.

Also, has the TV project been called a "TV miniseries" before this point? Man, that sounds so much less appealing than the [link] kind of thing that I had in my head. Think back to Stephen King "TV miniseries" of the past. Eugh.

Finally, I recently saw "Valhalla
I've made my thoughts on this clear in earlier comments. I'm willing to be pleasantly surprised but I'm not hopeful that this monster of a story can be told well on screen (big and small) in the shape it's currently taking.

Also, has the TV project been called a "TV miniseries" before this point? Man, that sounds so much less appealing than the [link] kind of thing that I had in my head. Think back to Stephen King "TV miniseries" of the past. Eugh.

Finally, I recently saw "Valhalla Rising," and immediately thought that Mads Mikkelsen would have been an amazing choice for Roland, even if he can't do a better cowboy accent than Bardem.
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6:38PM on 04/26/2011

Javier

Great casting ! My first choice !
Great casting ! My first choice !
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6:15PM on 04/26/2011
He's a very good actor, but based off the character description, I don't think he was the best choice for this iconic role of Deschain.

If he weren't already in a hit television show, I think Timothy Olyphant would have bee the perfect choice. Justified is an amazing show, so I am not complaining about that.
He's a very good actor, but based off the character description, I don't think he was the best choice for this iconic role of Deschain.

If he weren't already in a hit television show, I think Timothy Olyphant would have bee the perfect choice. Justified is an amazing show, so I am not complaining about that.
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